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Wortley Home Reopened After 2015 Fire

C.B. Facey Foundation Among Partners Recognised

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: The C.B. Facey Foundation (CBFF) was among several organisations to witness the rededication and reopening of the Wortley Home on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

The morning saw the management and staff of The Wortley Home – which is administered by the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands – and Food For The Poor (FFTP) unveiling the state-of-the-art complex, rebuilt after it was razed in 2015.

Rising from the ashes of the devastation was quite a feat, according the Tanya Wildish, member of the board of management for the Home.

“Today, we are witnessing a tapestry of Jamaican kindness. This reopening is a testament to all who have contributed in all ways great and small,” Wildish said in the ceremony.

Set to celebrate its 100th year of operation in 2018, the Wortley Home was at the brink of closure, just as the fire seemed to sign its fate.

But through the dedication of the management and staff; the commitment of the FFTP; the assistance of the surrounding children’s homes; and the kind contributions of members of the public and other organisations, the Home was rebuilt and reopened.

Increased accommodation for the girls is only one of the improvements at the Home; 32 wards can now be housed instead of the 24 who could be accomodated prior to the fire. The facilities also feature a sick bay and computer room with machines donated by former wards.

Long-standing Partners

“We also acknowledge the kind sponsorship of the C.B. Facey Foundation, which facilitated the refurbishing of the North Building, housing the kitchen, dining room and laundry,” Wildish said.

She continued to say that this contribution is the latest of three generations of kindness from the CBFF and the Facey family.

Brittany Singh Williams, CBFF executive director, said “The Foundation and the Wortley Home have had a relationship for well over 30 years. In the time of their need, we sustained our support of the Home, as we have done for generations. We look forward to continuing to ensure the girls at Wortley live in comfort.”

About the C.B. Facey Foundation

The Cecil Boswell Facey Foundation has overseen the corporate social responsibility programmes of PanJam Investment Limited for over 30 years. The Foundation is helping to shape society by investing in arts and education through relationships with the National Gallery of Jamaica; the Wortley Home for Girls; the Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School; and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf. The CBFF also invests in the environment, economic growth and business sustainability through continuous projects.

Joanna Banks